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Studying for the LSAT / Houston Area LSAT Prep
« on: February 04, 2011, 09:17:26 PM »
I just learned that my internship dates down in Houston don't match up with any Powerscore or Testmasters course dates, so I was wondering if anyone on here knew of any excellent tutors in Houston who offer private lessons.  I'd prefer if he/she taught a Powerscore or Testmasters course at one point or still do because I've heard that the Powerscore/Testmasters method to test-taking yields the best results.

Woah.  That was unnecessarily long.

Shorter version: Can anyone recommend a tutor in the Houston area who has taught or still teachers for Powerscore/Testmasters?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Engineering UG
« on: January 31, 2011, 04:02:56 PM »
The GPA is a little low by HYS standards (assuming you aren't a urm), but you've still got a solid shot.  Combine that with a mid 170's LSAT and you've got a decent shot anywhere in the country. 

I have a friend from HLS with similar stats who did well in LS and well again in the job market after graduating. HLS has some good environmental/ip/tech-related stuff going on and is longish walk/short bikeride/short T-ride from MIT and has an arrangement with MIT so law students can also take classes there as they like.  I'm told that HLS supplemented with MIT classes is about the best you can do for technology/patent/ip stuff.  I and my sources are probably biased :P

Yeah, I knew that engineering UG would come back to bite me.  I'm certain my GPA could have been higher had I not tortured myself, but I still enjoyed the material so hopefully the admissions council gives me some credit for pursuing a major with a notoriously low GPA (engineering in general).  The MIT partnership with Harvard seems very interesting, I'm wondering if using my ED on HLS would be a good idea.  Objectively, do you think it is worth it for potential law student with a technical background to base part of his decision on the MIT partnership?  I guess a better way to phrase it is, is the partnership more for show than anything else?  Or will a student really gain a unique education because of it?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Engineering UG
« on: January 31, 2011, 03:58:23 PM »
Hey.  I'm an Energy Engineering UG (effectively ChemE, but focused on energy systems) who is contemplating law school.  I plan on taking the LSAT in the fall, but wanted to know if I was wasting my time before I began a few months of intense studying.

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I am contemplating Energy Policy, Environmental Policy, Patent Law, IP Law, etc.  Does anyone have any insight on whether or not I'm somewhat qualified and what LSAT score I should be looking for to get into a top law school?  I'd like to stay in New York, or maybe go to Boston.


Ido -

You are indeed within the realm, assuming your pull a good LSAT, which with your background and sufficient prep is likely.

The more important question might be to look at this from the opposite perspective, as your LSAT and GPA and other factors might get you in, but the more important question is whether you'll look back and want to have been in.

This is not an easy question for anyone. Perhaps for you the question is to ask what you like about engineering.  Is it to get in the guts of the project, technologies, etc., or is it to think about how that technology relates to others, and how businesses might take advantage of that.  The more you like the actual aspects of engineering, the more you should consider where a JD will take you . . . which is, generally, away from the actual guts of technology and toward the connections of that technology to business and other interests.  IP law does draw on technology, of course, but the world of the IP attorney is a different world that that of the engineer.
 
For all, there are many flavors of law practice, even within IP.  If you might be interested in the area, call a local practitioner (or meet one in a local meeting), and ask to chat.  They'll give you a good idea of the possibilities, and realities.  (Your interest is a good one, and a friend in that area enjoys his work tremendously.)

Thane.

To be honest, I'm considering Law School because the guts of the project doesn't really interest me.  I love the technology and I understand it, but I find no joy in crunching numbers and designing it.  I love learning about it and thinking about how it applies and fits into our current energy system, but I couldn't spend my years playing around with technologies that will never go anywhere.  There has been enough advancement in technology that I feel a tangible difference can be made if legislation is set in place to let it happen.  Even if I find that lobbying and policy isn't for me, IP law would definitely interest me because I understand and enjoy learning about new technologies.

Either way, I know I don't want to be an engineer haha.


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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Engineering UG
« on: January 31, 2011, 03:51:08 PM »
I might be mistaken, but if you want to do patent law you may be able to skip law school altogether. There is the patent bar, which with your major you may qualify for. This would allow you to save 3 years and 100K if your degree qualifies you.

Well, I'm not set on Patent Law.  Out of all my interests, Energy Policy interests me the most.  Aside from that, I was under the impression that you are required to attend an accredited Law School and pass the Bar to become a Patent Attorney.  If that's not the case, I need to look into it haha.

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Where should I go next fall? / Engineering UG
« on: January 22, 2011, 08:51:14 PM »
Hey.  I'm an Energy Engineering UG (effectively ChemE, but focused on energy systems) who is contemplating law school.  I plan on taking the LSAT in the fall, but wanted to know if I was wasting my time before I began a few months of intense studying.

These are my "stats:"
-Penn State
-Schreyer Honors College (Penn State's HC)
-3.85 GPA (I am wondering if law schools will understand why it isn't closer to a 4.00 because I'm doing engineering.  Hoping to find that out here!)
-Research Experience
-Written Thesis
-Internship Experience

I am contemplating Energy Policy, Environmental Policy, Patent Law, IP Law, etc.  Does anyone have any insight on whether or not I'm somewhat qualified and what LSAT score I should be looking for to get into a top law school?  I'd like to stay in New York, or maybe go to Boston.

Thank you all for your time!

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